Griffiths hails Tomi terrific

Roda JC’s Rostyn Griffiths has praised the performances of Australian teammate Tomi Juric, who has continued his remarkable Eredivisie goalscoring record.

Juric joined Roda shortly after the start of the season but quickly adapted to life in Dutch top tier, scoring seven goals in 12 appearances.

The Socceroo striker has notched four goals and one assist in nine league games, and scored three in as many cup fixtures.

With Roda battling to avoid relegation, Juric’s goals have kept the club from slipping further down the table.

“Tomi has been doing well, especially towards the back end of the first-half of the season,” Griffiths said.

“Once he got fully fit and realised what he needed to do to score he became a threat. I, like most of Australia, am excited to see where he goes because he has the potential to do really well.

“I just hope he can stay fit and healthy for the full second half of the season because he will be important for the club’s survival.”

Unfortunately for the Dutch club, the former Western Sydney Wanderers marksman will miss the next four to six weeks with a knee injury.

Like Juric, and fellow Aussie Daniel De Silva, Griffiths arrived from Roda in the off-season from the A-League. The midfielder says it has been a rollercoaster of a season in the Netherlands.

“There's been a lot of peaks and troughs,” Griffiths said.

“We had a great start and picked up some early points but with that came an expectation from everyone that we would really kick on from there.

“Unfortunately, with the inexperience in our squad and other teams watching us more closely, the middle part was a tough period.

“I believe now we've come through the tough part and we ended the first half of the season strongly and also so managed to have a strong cup run.”

Roda JC currently sits in 15th place in the 18-team competition with 16 points.The club has accrued six losses and seven draws in its past 13 league fixtures but Griffiths said now is not the time for panic.

“It's true we haven't won for awhile but I wouldn't say the players or coach are panicking about that just yet,” Griffiths said.

“We've dominated many games especially at home but just haven't been able to score, and at the back we made some basic errors.

“We also have recruited a few new players in the January window who should add something to the squad.

“The last game before the break both Tomi and I got on the score sheet which of course is nice but as most footballers say it would of been better to get the win instead.”

The Eredivise returns to action soon and Griffiths believes the next few weeks will be crucial for the club.

“The next month is going to be intense with a lot of games and the next round of the cup to play against Feyenoord at home, which will be a huge occasion for the club,” he said.